People of all ages need a little help now and then. When you are part of an organized caring community network, your group can provide the support needed to help people through a rough spot, or help them remain in their homes.
At some point in our lives, many of us might face difficult circumstances — from aging-related challenges to major life events like having a baby, battling illness, caring for a frail family member, or recovering from loss. Often these events mean we need help with small tasks such as preparing meals or running errands, or we may need more support for particularly challenging situations. Sometimes people lack sufficient family support in times of need. Meanwhile, others would be happy to lend a hand — but may not know help is needed, nor how to help.
A neighborhood support network can help in numerous ways, including organizing people to provide meals when needed, helping one another shovel snow, sharing offers to drive someone to church or the grocery store, arranging walks for a neighbor’s dog, even identifying a good handyman who will offer discounts in the neighborhood. It also might involve more connections among trusted neighbors, including those who are frail, supplementing the support they receive from family. When friends and family help each other together, everyone feels good.
Several hours a week for a few months to form caring community teams and get things started. After that, you’ll need a few hours per month (or more as you choose) to help neighbors and organize occasional community get-togethers.
Once you get this project rolling you will need to stay committed and be prepared to ramp up activity on short notice. For example, a neighbor might go in for emergency surgery and suddenly need to rely on your caring community for help.
Who can do this?
Great Reasons to do this Project
- Help neighbors who could use a little support.
- Strengthen neighborhood and community bonds.
- Build a network that will be there for you when you need it.
- Coordinate services or activities together; you may be able to get group discounts.
- Have fun engaging with others in your community.